We would like to share a few success stories with you from this past year
Our first story involves a young girl named Sharon. Though bright, she is an orphan. She lost her mother at the age of 7 years and lost her father in June of 2018 while we were at Nabembezi. She can stay with a friend of her late mother, but she was deeply depressed at the loss of both parents and we determined that she functioned better when living on site in the girl’s dormitory. Most students have two uniforms; she had only one, and it was well worn. She needed shoes and socks, and, of course, knickers (undergarments). Here is her photo. Try as we did to get her to smile, we were unsuccessful.
Richard Dunn came back to the USA wondering how he could help this young girl. He shared her story with everyone he could. Surprising, the woman, Gail, who has “styled” his hair for 33 years offered to sponsor her. By the way, Richard says he is not sure how you “style” a bald spot. 😊 Gail now pays for her second uniform and the monthly fees necessary for lodging and food at Nabembezi. Others with kind hearts chipped in to get her new tennis shoes (unheard of), socks, a new dress, and, of course, knickers. Look at her face today. Daniel, the headmaster, says she smiles every day.
Our second success story involved a young man named John. When John came to Nabembezi, he was behind in his studies. Daniel Kato, the headmaster immediately brought John in to the boy’s dorm to live on-site. Children living on-site simply do better. Then he was tutored in school subjects.It is amazing what a little tutoring and attention will do to help a child. Let’s add to all this that John didn’t exactly fit in with the other children. John is roughly 6’5” tall. The bunk beds in the boy’s dorm were too short for him. At that point our wonderful math teacher Arnold Mutera, stepped in, and offered to share his living space with John. What that really meant was that Arnold had to share his small bed with John. That is no small sacrifice. Arnold shared and John prospered and has done extremely well in his studies. Since that time several things have happened. First, John has moved on to secondary school. This would roughly be our equivalent of high school. When Richard arrives in Uganda this June, John will receive a rebuilt (like new) laptop to assist him in his studies. Here is a photo of John. He is very quiet, but also very smart.
Our third story is about a young man named Lordine. Lordine needed a sponsor in order for him to be able to move on to secondary school. Lordine is bright, but a quiet, studious, young man. Richard bonded with Lordine while in Uganda and on the last day Richard was there in 2018, Lordine passed Richard a brief letter, asking him to try to find Lordine a sponsor so he could attend secondary school. He printed his letter using a pencil, on a piece of paper that he then folded into an envelope. One neat little package, well though out and hand delivered. Richard shared Lordine’s letter with Judy Grim, our founder of MMPI. Judy’s heart was touched but she had other expenses involving Nabembezi and struggled with what to do. Judy then found someone in her Rotary club to sponsor Lordine. Lordine is now in secondary school and doing well. He will also receive a rebuilt laptop as well.
Our fourth story is about a young man named Henry. Henry is a ball of energy. He followed Richard around the entire time Richard was in Uganda in 2018. He loved computers and wanted to learn everything he could about using one. Richard spent extra time with Henry and they both loved every minute of it. We needed a sponsor for Henry, and one day, while having lunch in a local restaurant, Richard mentioned to his young waitress, Brandy, that he was doing “missionary work” in Uganda. She asked him to tell her more. Before his meal was finished, she was signed up as Henry’s sponsor, and she now follows his progress. He is now is secondary school as well. He will also receive a rebuilt laptop when we arrive in June. In fact, Henry, Lordine, and John are best friends, and as such, they would gang up and put the pinch on Richard to take the three of them out to eat. That is something they virtually NEVER got to do. They were so smooth about approaching him, he easily took the bait and took the three of them, along with Arnold Mutera, that math teacher, out to dinner.
Our last story is about a young lady. Her name is Ashley. Ashley is 12 years old and is a girl who loves studying. Her father abandoned her five years ago, so life has not been easy for her. She lives with her mother who doesn’t have a job so can’t look after her daughter. She passed the national exam to continue her education in secondary schooling is sponsored by someone in the USA. She is currently living on school grounds. This ensures that she get proper mentoring and a sufficient diet to keep her healthy.